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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A collection of Matthew Shepard's papers and personal objects will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. A news release from the Smithsonian says the museum will accept the donation from Shepard's parents in Washington on Oct. 25. The 21-year-old Shepard died after being savagely beaten and left tied to a rail fence in October 1998.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has partly upheld a lawsuit filed on behalf of a psychiatric patient left on a dayroom couch without food or water for over 24 hours. Wyoming State Hospital employees found Linda Gelok trembling, breathing rapidly and stinking of urine when maintenance staff said she needed moving so they could work on a television in 2015.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has increased the fundraising gap between himself and Democratic opponent Gary Trauner. Campaign finance reports show Barrasso received a large influx of outside money from political action committees along with steady fundraising efforts throughout the year. With $1.2 million in expenses, Barrasso ramped up his spending substantially in August and September while Trauner spent $142,000.

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - The sugar beet harvest in northern Wyoming is nearing completion with about 70 percent of the crop in hand on Friday. Western Sugar Cooperative senior agriculturist Mark Bjornestad says tonnage is going to be just under 29 tons per acre. The tonnage is lower than predicted but sugar content is at record highs.

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